Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Midweek Munchies


How could I say no to ginger and turmeric chews? These are spicy, but in that good gingery way. I have no issues with heat from ginger/wasabi/pepper/horseradish, just from chili. These are a great little pick me up.

Turmeric Ginger Chews

After enjoying the Fable burger patty at Grill'd, I decided to try some of the other Fable products. I'd always been wary because they have coconut oil, but the burger patty let me know that it was within my limits. They have a number of ready meals, like this Teriyaki one. It came with the teriyaki sauce Fable and the rice, I added the spinach and the pickled ginger. Not bad. Though at $9.50 a meal, they are on the pricier side of a ready meal.

Fable Teriayki Ready Meal

A little afternoon snack of some straberry milk (the best flavour of milk) and these amazing Yoshino that I got from a bulk food shop. Yoshino are Japanese rice cracker balls with peanuts inside, and they are SO GOOD! I have been back to buy more several times.


Another one I approached with caution, as they do have coconut in them. But these Weis Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate ice cream bars are sensational. The flavours are so good. I highly recommend.

Weis Bars

I have been a big fan of some of the other Health Lab chocolate bars, all weirdly named after Sex and the City characters, but I was a bit wary of the caramel ones. I am just not a caramel fan. My friend gave me a single Mr Big Caramel bar, and I was glad I didn't buy a packet. They are sort of like a Snickers, with caramel and peanuts, but without the nougart. The caramel wasn't too sweet, as I'd feared, but it was just kind of meh and gluggy and dry almost. I'll stick to the cherry and turkish delight ones.

Health Lab Mr Big Caramel Bar

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Dim Sim Christmas

What Dim Sim thought of Christmas one year. Thank goodness for editing to add fun and festive stickers! You've probably realised that I am going to be sharing Christmas related photos of my girls this year. Abby and Boo have not had their first Christmas with us yet, so I will be looking back on festive times with my three most perfect angel cats.

Monday, 6 December 2021

Recipe Round-Up: 1000 Vegan Recipes

Dipping back in to 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson for a mini round-up. Slowly but surely, I'll get through this backlog! See previous recipes rounded-up here.

Orange-Glazed Tofu and Asparagus: This is a really nice tofu dish, with the tofu marinated, then fried, then glazed in a delicious orange sauce. I took the extra step of roasting the asparagus, because I love roasted asparagus the most. I scaled the recipe down to use 300g of tofu and two bunches of asparagus, which gave me two servings over rice and some baby spinach. I left out the chili paste from the sauce, of course.
Rating: :)

Orange-Glazed Tofu with Asparagus

Tofu with Lemongrass and Snow Peas: This is quick and easy, with sauteed red onion, tofu, and snow peas. The flavour comes from a mix of ginger, garlic, soy soauce, and of course... lemongrass. It does say you can sub lemon zest for the lemongrass if you have to, but I would say definitely hold out until you can get some lemongrass. The flavour just wouldn't be the same.
Rating: :)

Tofu with Lemongrass and Snow Peas

Tofu and Edamame Stew: Soy oh soy! As well as the two types of soy, this also has celery, potato, zucchini, peas, baby spinach, and carrot in it. What a very stastifying stew! I did find it fell a little bit flat in flavour initially, but nothing a bit of soy sauce (soy oh soy oh soy) couldn't perk up.
Rating: :)

Tofu and Edamame Stew

Tempeh and Vegetable Stir-Fry: I love a simple and quick stir-fry recipe. Thisone is simple, with tempeh, broccoli, and mushrooms. It also calls for capsicum, but I used zucchini and carrot instead. Served over rice. Sometimes simple is just what you need for a great dinner.
Rating: :)

Tempeh and Vegetable Stir-Fry

(% 1000 Vegan Recipes blogged: 33.1%)

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Sahara on Christmas

One Christmas morning, Sahara was more interested in smooching over the carpet than what might have been in the stocking. Cats.

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Eating Out: Musketeers Cafe

One day, I was scrolling Instagram and I saw a targeted ad for a cafe... and I clicked it because the food looked good. Turned out not only was the cafe in Brisbane, but it was also all vegetarian and mostly vegan. I was so excited to go, the menu looked amazing! So I organised with a friend to visit there not long after. That is how Instagram sponsored ads finally worked for me, and we ended up at Musketeers Cafe.

It was a super cute cafe, with lovely decor, delightful staff, a community library, and a small selection of assorted items for sale from small local businesses.

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I ordered a Sevel Spiced Chai on soy milk and it was SO GOOD! Totally worth the caffeine jitters. It was well spiced, and not too sweet.

Seven Spiced Chai at Musketeers Cafe

I ordered the Vegan Benny, which was sourdough with spinach, eggplant bacon, and a polenta egg (the vegan option for eggs), alongside a hashbrown. All topped off with a lovely dill hollandaise. Look how pretty this looks? I loved the polenta egg, and it was such a clever add in for vegans. I have never seen anything like it before.

Vegan Benny with Hash Brown at Musketeers Cafe

My friend ordered the Panko Crumbed Mushroom Burger, which has green goddess sauce, pickled cauliflower, spinach, lemon crumbed panko mushroom, and vegan feta (for the vegan option) on a bun. It normally came with sweet potato fries, but my friend asked to sub in hashbrowns.

Panko Crumbed Mushroom Burger at Musketeers Cafe

They also had some vegan pastries and doughnuts in their case, so we finished off with a blueberry doughnut each.

Blueberry Doughnut at Musketeers Cafe

I was really looking forward to going back there for more food! And telling everyone to try it out. But alas, a couple of weeks after we went, they announced that they were closing for good. So sad. Still, I share this post and this food with you now, so we can honour the fact that this place existed, and I ate some really good food there.

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Gizmo at Christmas

Gizmo wearing the big santa hat. She was a very tolerant kitty when it came to festivities.

Friday, 3 December 2021

Recipe Round-Up: Cadry's Kitchen (Blog)

Finishing up the recipes I have made from Cadry's Kitchen! Although this is the last part of this current round up (see previous posts here), I still have a bunch of recipes I have bookmarked to make in the future.

Vegan Pulled Pork with Vegan Potato Salad: After seeing the vegan pulled pork on a post by Food For Dissertating, I knew this was a recipe worthy of my precious but dwindling stash of soy curls. And I wasn't wrong, it was DELICIOUS! The whole recipe made two smallish serves, to be honest I could eat the entire thing on my own. I used storebought BBQ sauce to keep it simple. Everyone make this! I served it with some potato salad, also from the blog. I made a half recipe of this, and left out the spring onion but added fresh dill and used smoked paprika. It was a lovely salad, though I wished I had some celery and capers to add to give it a little crunch and pop.
Rating: Pulled pork :D, Potato Salad :)

Vegan Pulled Pork; The Best Vegan Potato Salad

Roasted Gnocchi with Almond Pesto: Cadry introduced me to the idea of roasting gnocchi, and it is delicious. I was excited to do it again! Unfortunately, the only vegan gnocchi I was able to get for this recipe was not great, it had a funny taste. Rude. However, the pesto recipe was lovely!
Rating: :) (just make sure you get some decent gnocchi, not whatever junk I bought.)

Roasted Gnocchi with Vegan Almond Pesto

Mixed Vegetable Ginger & Turmeric Rice: Sometimes you just feel like a whole lot of vegetables, and this is where this recipe comes in! It is very customsiable as well. Of course the main components of ginger, turmeric, and rice must stay! But for the veggies I left out the capsicum, used extra cauliflower, and added zucchini, chickpeas, and spinach along with the carrot and peas. I left out the cayenne from the spices as well. Served with some mango ginger chutney and chopped peanuts.
Rating: :)

Mixed Vegetable Ginger & Turmeric Rice

Vegan Chef Salad with Seitan and Avocado: As things heat up here, big salads become very appealing. This recipe is a great meal in a bowl! For the seitan, I used some Vegusto sausage that I chopped and sauteed, and I used some chopped Sheese Red Leicester slices for the cheese. The dressing is a fantastically fast ranch dressing, that is very easy. All up, a fantastic salad!
Rating: :D

Vegan Chef's Salad with Seitan & Avocado

Creamy Cashew Salad Dressing: An amazing salad dressing, I loved this! It used blended cashews as the base, and is a great way to use up some leftover coriander. I used garlic powder rather than fresh garlic, as I tend to do when the garlic would otherwise be raw. I tossed this through some spinach, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.
Rating: :D

Creamy Salad Dressing

Peanut Butter Noodles with Fried Hoisin Tofu: This isn't actually Cadry's recipe, but she shared it on her blog so I'll include it here. It is from the High Protein Vegan Cookbook by Ginny Kay McMeans. Peanut butter and hoisin and right up my alley. The hoisin fried tofu is delicious! The peanut sauce was a bit salty and flat, I think adding a bit of leftover hoisin marinade will perk it up. The noodles are thick, glorious, udon - so satisfying to eat!
Rating: :)

Peanut Butter Noodles with Fried Hoisin Tofu

Pierogi Quesadilla with Yoghurt Ranch Dip: The final recipe to share! Cadry says this was inspired by a dish at Chicago Diner, one that I have actually eaten! So I wanted to recreate it at home, Cadry-style. The filling is mashed potatoes and onions, and I added some diced VHam (a suggestion by Cadry) as well. I made the whole filling, and used 6 regular sized tortillas to make three quesadillas. As well as the potato, they also have cheese (I used FYH cheddar) and sauerkraut in them. Served with a very quick to make yoghurt ranch dip. These were great! If you can't make it to Chicago diner, you can still make a little bit of Chicago Diner at home!
Rating: :D

Pierogi Quesadilla with Yoghurt Ranch Dip

Get yourself over to Cadry's blog, and start making some great food!

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Gizmo Claws

It's December, so please enjoy this beautiful photo of sweet Gizmo dressed as Santa. She was such a tolerant, calm kitty. So ready for festive fun.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Midweek Munchies

How are you all holding up? It is going to be a rainy summer here, so very wet. But also very hot and humid. Gross. Hurrah for air conditioning! Let's see some food.

My beautiful friend Amy gifted me some of her homemade pho broth a while ago, which kept very nicely in the freezer until I was ready to do something with it. It made the whole freezer smell amazing! I loved having it there for some quick and easy dinners, just adding bits of pieces of things I had around the house. The first time I made it I used a whole little cake of rice vermicelli (I know, not traditional noodles for pho, but it was what I had), which ended up making it more like a saucy noodle dish! The second time I halved the noodles, and got a lovely soup. The first time I used cubed Japanese marinated tofu, the second time I used fried tofu puffs. Plus some random veggies I had lying around, as well as some rehydrated shiitake mushrooms. Delicious.

Amy's Pho

Amy's Pho

I did the thing! A while ago Kraft released a vegan (and gluten free) version of their boxed mac and cheese. And I ate it! And it is... really good. I don't remember really eating the original version, so I don't have any nostalgic ties. They only downside is the pasta is just a little bit gluten-free textured. But the sauce is so good!

Kraft Vegan Mac and Cheese

Some fun snacks from the Asian grocery store! Of course I had to get these charcoal peanuts. They look like a sheep poop, but they are nice to eat. The charcoal layer is mostly crunchy sugar, but does have a nice slight charcoal flavour. Just remember, if you are ever eating or drinking anything with charcoal in it, make sure it is at least two hours away from any medications you need to take so it doesn't interfere with absorption.

Charcoal Covered Peanuts

These cute little peanut snacks were fun. The chocolate covered peanuts were as you'd expect, but the real star was the F&Fs. They are are basically vegan peanut M&Ms and I highly recommend them.

Freedom Peanut Treats

Finally for today, these chips. I was intrigued by the flavour. Unfortunately, they were a let down. The texture of the chip was really strange... they were thick like a ruffled chip, but without the ruffles, so it was just a bit odd. And the flavour... eh. I suppose it was a bit bacon-ish if I really thought about it. Oh well, they can't all be winners, and everything else in this post was very much enjoyed.

Crispy Bacon Chips

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A Sahara photo, just because.

Monday, 29 November 2021

Recipe Round-Up: Cadry's Kitchen (Blog)

Hello and welcome to part two of my three part round up of the wonderful Cadry's Kitchen! You can see other recipes I've made from her blog here. Let's get into it!

Spring Roll Tortilla Wraps with Peanut Sauce: This recipe is technically with spicy peanut sauce, but of course I left out the chili for a classic, thick peanut sauce! I did cheat and use some Soyco Japanese Marinated Tofu instead of marinating and baking some from scratch, because I was after something very quick. And this is quick, and delightfully fresh! Full of lettuce, carrot, cucumber and coriander... of course I left out the capsicum. It's all wrapped up in a big tortilla.
Rating: :)

Spring Roll Tortilla

Beer Braised Bratwurst with Sauerkraut with Mustard Mashed Potatoes: Tapping into my German heritage with this one! I used Tofurky Beer Brats (RIP Tofurky, please come back to Australia soon!), pale ale, and some lovely sauerkraut. I halved the recipe to make two servings. Served over Cadry's great mustardy potato mash. I used Dijon mustard in the mash.
Rating: Bratwurst :), Mash :)

Beer Braised Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Mustard Mashed Potatoes

Cheeseburger Pizza with Special Sauce: Cadry makes a lot of fun pizzas, and I knew I wanted to try this cheeseburger one from the moment I saw it on her blog. I assembled it using Coles Kitchen pizza dough, Leggo's pizza sauce, Fry's mince, and a mix of Follow Your Heart cheddar and mozzarella. The Fry's mince I've talked about before, it has a particular taste, but it worked OK in this sort of thing. The cooked pizza is topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickles (I left off the raw onion) and a very quick and easy special sauce.
Rating: :)

Vegan Cheeseburger Pizza with Special Sauce

Eggy Tofu: Cadry's Eggy Tofu is so quick and easy and delicious, it can be used in so many ways! Have a dedicated block of tofu that use slice some off for each day, or use some leftover tofu. It certainly has become my favourite way to use up leftover tofu! I've used it in a bunch of things, but the first time I used it I went simple, serving it on some avocado toast. The next time I went a bit fancier, making a toasted sandwich with A&T bacon, cheese, and BBQ sauce.
Rating: :D

Eggy Tofu

Eggy Tofu sandwich with bacon and BBQ sauce'

Tofu Satay and Bok Choy with Peanut Sauce: This was meant to be all done on the grill, but I hope Cadry will forgive me for making it a bit easier for me by doing it all as a stir-fry. I scaled down the tofu marinade for a 300g block of tofu, that I cut into large chunks. To stir fry I used peanut oil, added some scallions, then the tofu until brown, then bok choy stems,and finally leaves. The peanut sauce was a little bit coconutty for me initially, but I added half the leftover tofu marinade and a squeeze of lime juice and then it was great. I just stirred the sauce through the stir-fry and served the whole lot of some jasmine rice.
Rating: :)

Tofu and Bok Choy with Peanut Sauce

Cilantro and Basil Pistachio Pesto: My interest was piqued when I saw this recipe show up on Cadry's blog, it sounded like a fun pesto combination. And it was! I made a half recipe, which still made loads. I used garlic powder in it rather than raw garlic, and I enjoyed that this recipe didn't call for a lot of oil. I used most of it to make some pasta for dinner, stirring it through some cooked spiral pasta and white beans, and served over spinach. There was some leftovers of this, so I chilled it and turned them into a pasta salad the next day by adding some mayo, roasted zucchini, tomato and peas. Finally, I had kept a bit of the pesto aside so I could make a wonderful sandwich with mayo, tomato, baby spinach, and a sauteed portobello.
Rating: :)

Cilantro and Basil Pistachio Pesto

Cilantro and Basil Pistachio Pesto

Cilantro and Basil Pistachio Pesto

I have one more post about Cadry's recipes to come! So keep an eye out for that.

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Dim Sim

Saturday was one year since Dim Sim passed away. It was an incredibly hard day.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Midweek Munchies

We'll be back to rounding up recipes from Cadry's blog soon, but for the moment, it is time for midweek munchies!

Thes Ratio Chocolate Dark Chocolate Speckles are basically Freckles, but they are cut into a square shape rather than a round one. Are Freckles a thing outside of Australia? Imagine chocolate covered in 100s and 1000s... no, not sprinkles. US sprinkles are not the same as 100s and 1000s. They are a stalwart of Australian lolly shops. These Speckles were so good! There is something so fun about crunching through those sweet little balls on top of the chocolate.

Ratio Chocolate Freckles

I had some tinned spaghetti in the cupboard that had been purchased during the dire COVID times, and needed using up. It is hard to find tinned spaghetti that doesn't have cheese in it, but the SPC Spaghetti in Rich Tomato Sauce is vegan! I hadn't had tinned spaghetti in ages, and it was so nice on a piece of buttered toast. Very nostalgic.

Spaghetti on Toast

Health Lab has brought out some new chocolate bars... again weirdly named after Sex and The City Characters. The new ones are only available in Coles, while the originals are only available in Woolworths. Sure, whatever. Anyway, the Miranda's Delight Bars are Turkish Delight on top of some coconut in dark chocolate, and they are very good.

Turkish Delight Health Lab Bars

Sandwich time! A couple of sandwiches featuring Soyco BBQ Tofu, which sadly no longer seems to be available in supermarkets. First up, a tangy and creamy combination of BBQ tofu, Bread and Butter pickles, Tofutti American Cheese, and mayo. Maybe it sounds weird, but it worked.

BBQ Tofu, bread and butter pickle, Tofutti American, and mayo sandwich

And a BBQ BLAT, with avocado, baby spinach, tomato, mayo, and BBQ tofu.

BLAT with BBQ tofu

The final thing in this MM post is the Vegie Delight Pepperoni... which was really good. I saw was because of course they have discontinued it, even though it was a good product. Oh well. I used it to make a pepperoni and olive pizza, and also a pepperoni pizza toasted sandwich. Both were good.

Vegie Delights Pepperoni

Vegie Delights Pepperoni Pizza

Vegie Delights Pepperoni Pizza Toastie

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Dim Sim on my lap

Wishing she'd come back to me, that we never had to be apart.